Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Brassed Off

1996 - Dir.: Mark Herman

Shown at The FeckenOdeon on January 25th, 2003

Set in Yorkshire in 1992 at the time of mass pit closures, this film offers a humorous and moving insight into the lives of ordinary people at a time of great social change. Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine - it has been in existence for a hundred years. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. They believe they have no hope until Gloria (Tania Fitzgerald) appears carrying her Flugelhorn. The film is notable as an early outing for Ewan McGregor - currently one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood - and for a remarkable performance from Pete Poslethwaite, one of our most able character actors.

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